What to look for when buying CBD
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive natural chemical compound found in the cannabis plant commonly used to address a variety of health issues, ranging from anxiety and stress to more severe conditions like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
The other well-known compound extracted from cannabis and responsible for the associated psychoactive effects of the plant (known as the feeling of getting “high”) is called THC, which is mostly removed form CBD products. In fact, many consumers who take CBD oil do so because they want the medicinal benefits associated with CBD without the effects of THC.
If you are planning on buying any CBD product, it is extremely important to do your research, read reviews and check the reputation of the brand to find the one that is truly pure and meet your needs. But do not panic, it is possible to find trustworthy CBD products, especially when precautions are taken. Here is a list of 5 items you show consider before buying any CBD product.
1. List of Ingredients
Make sure you check the list of ingredients of the chosen CBD product and do a little research about unknown ingredient names before buying. It will provide insight as to what health benefits it has but also let you know it has any potential harmful components within its formulation, such as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin.
Added chemicals, flavoring additives, or other compounds (often found in CBD edibles like gummies) may not be right for everyone. Great components to look for in a CBD product include organic and plant-based ingredients.
2. THC Content
Before buying, it is important to check the label of the CBD product to make sure it has THC, and if it does, to ensure the percentage of THC meets your needs. When you examine a typical label, you are likely to see numbers and things like “full” or “broad” spectrum, “raw” or “isolate”, depending on how the product is made.
In short, full-spectrum CBD has 0.3% or less of THC. On the other hand, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate are entirely THC free. The trace amounts of THC in full-spectrum CBD are very unlikely to produce any noticeable effect. However, if you want to avoid THC, look closely at the labels, and read all the information relating to dosages and methods of extraction.
3. Extraction Method
The method of extraction is extremely important. There are three most common methods of extracting CBD: solvent extraction, olive oil extraction and CO2 extraction.
Solvent extraction is the cheapest and easiest method available to extract CBD from the cannabis plant, and also generally considered to be the most dangerous and likely to cause problems with the end product, leading to unwanted side effects. Olive extraction can be perfect for brew enthusiasts but is not practical on a mass scale.
On the other hand, CO2 extraction is the most expensive and popular CBD extraction method, used by the best well-known manufacturers selling premium products. That is because CO2 provides a clean, precise extraction that reduces potential contamination.
Some CBD companies sell their products at ridiculously low prices, which means that most of those products are not the real deal. Keep in mind that if the offers sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In fact, their methods to extract the compound of the plant might involve toxic solvents that are harmful to human consumption, like pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and solvents.
On the other hand, authentic CBD products do not come cheap: good companies use expensive and safe methods for extracting and processing the highest amount of CBD and to remove all the unwanted residues and toxins from the base plant. However, make sure that the extra money you are paying is not for fancy packaging.
Before purchasing any CBD product, you need to first know the amount of CBD it has. The correct dosage of CBD for you depends on your needs, your lifestyle, and the way your body responds to CBD. Bear in mind that everyone’s chemistry is different, so some people might experience different effects regarding the same product.
The dosage method varies depending on the type of product you buy. In that sense, CBD can be delivered in many ways, including oil vapor, cream, edibles, and tincture. The most popular and easiest for administration types of CBD products are edibles, drops or sprays.
The best advice is to start with a low dose and increase, if necessary, to achieve desired effects. Always wait a considerable amount of time to give the system time to absorb the compound. Then, keep track of how it affects you, and if you do not like how you feel after sampling it, do not try that product again and move to another one.